KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal directed all district officers to immediately implement development projects in their respective areas, as the government has already disbursed funding for this purpose to all districts.
He wanted all district officers to move forward quickly to ensure the development projects would create the expected multiplier effect.
“Unfortunately, the implementation has been very slow,” he said when addressing all district officers of Sabah during a meeting at the Sabah Government Administrative Centre here today.
He stressed upon them the importance of administering and managing their areas of jurisdiction more systematically for the well-being of the people.
He pointed out that in most districts in Sabah the planning was so haphazard that at times, houses of worship, car workshops and restaurants can be found located next to each other.
“Zoning of areas are not implemented according to plan. Schools are built in locations already zoned for industrial purposes.
“Some years later, the school has to be relocated to suddenly make way for an industrial park. This is not only inconvenient but can cost huge amounts of money. All because of bad planning,” he said.
Shafie also stressed on maintaining standards and quality of work particularly in ensuring development projects not only reach the target groups but benefit them too.
“Execute your responsibilities well and serve the people of Sabah,” he added.
He urged them to get to know their districts well by constantly going down to the ground to identify what is lacking in infrastructure and any social issues in order to establish priorities.
“Find out what are the real problems in your districts. Places such as Lahad Datu where security is of the utmost concern, the district officer must make security the top priority among others.”
He reminded them to be resourceful in finding solutions to problems that affect the well-being of the people and to provide regular feedback on the progress of projects in their districts.-SabahNewsToday